ADEPTUS CUSTODES OF THE DARK MILLENNIUM
They have watched for ten thousand years.
They have mourned a vision lost and a galaxy split in two.
They perceive there will be no final victory for Mankind.
Yet even now they strike out into the dying light.
A hurled spear into the eternal night.
A desperate reach for those lost in the Imperium Nihilus...
THE GREAT QUIET
For ten thousand years the Custodes have stood watch within the Solar System, only rarely straying beyond its borders. Their perceived failure in the closing days of the Heresy saw them retreat into mourning and indolence. However, behind the mighty doors of the Imperial Palace debate raged amongst these philosopher-warriors as to their mandate in maintaining the Emperor’s vision for the Imperium, and for thousands of years many questioned: should they intervene?
Time and again events arose that threatened the integrity of the Imperium: The Great Beast, the Nova Terra Interregnum, The Black Crusades, all warranted great gatherings of the dwindling ‘Ten Thousand’ in which each warrior spoke and debated their continued inactivity. Yet still, the combination of historical inertia, the Emperor-given prerogative of the High Lords’ rule, and the possibility of leaving the Throneworld unguarded prevented any decisive deployment of the Custodes.
But now, with the return of Lord Commander Roboute Guilliman, and the occurrence of the Cicatrix Maledictum a great gathering occurred within the Custodes. Now once more the Adeptus Custodes range far from the Throneworld in aid of the lost and defence of Humanity.
Order of Battle
- 1 Shield Company “The Vigilant” - from the Throneworld
- 1 Shield Company “First Wall” - from the ‘Talon Aegis’ Star Keep at the edge of Sol
- 1st Ziberuan Host “Old Hundred” Throneworld Shield Regiment
- 3rd and 8th Company Terran Praefects – Palace Guard Companies
- 7th and 18th Jovian Voidborne Heavy Assault Regiments
- Terran Penal Regiment 6841 – also called the “Atoners” under the discipline of the Adeptus Ministorum
- Aleph-93 Terran Extratus Maniple – Adeptus Mechanicus Skitarii Cohort – Imperial Palace Contingent
- [Data Restricted] members of the Terran Assassin Clades of the Officio Assassinorum
- Numerous attached personnel of the Battlefleet Solar and Aeronautica Imperialis
// ANNOUNCING - a project log of Adeptus Custodes, Adeptus Mechanicus and Astra Militarum!!!!!
Pic heavy posts coming soon. This project has been a slow labour of love back into the hobby, and into writing and exploring fluff
It is also my first delve into green-stuffing and conversion! Enjoy! //
Custodes Biker Captain
Attilon - Captain of the Dread Host - WIP
Kitbashed with Trajann's torso, and a greenstuff + Wolfguard terminator wolf pelt
late additions include the Void shield generators of a Titanicus Reaver Titan replacing the shield generators on the bike to represent the Custodes bike relic Auric Aquilas
will be helmless, possibly going to add the Cyber-hawk found on the Deathwatch White Scar biker......
An Anguished Ancient
Amon Tauromachian walked with the Emperor himself, and for over four thousand years remained a stalwart leader amongst the echelons of the Custodians. From the early days of Unity, through the Great Crusade and the Heresy he fought for the nascent Imperium against its numerous foes.
It was on the sleepy backwater Agri-world of Mackan on the edge of Segmentum Solar where Amon would meet his match. During the 4th Black Crusade a splinter fleet of off the main offensive made up of Alpha Legion reportedly led by one calling himself "Alpharius" obliterated the sparse defenses of Mackan and landed in number in order to covertly obtain access to long-distance cargo haulers bound for Terra.
Alerted to this great threat by an agent of the Eyes of the Emperor Amon led a great Shield Host in a rare excursion from Terra in order to combat this threat itself. In a rapid series of Teleportation strikes onto the planet's vast spaceport the Custodes brought battle to the Alpha Legion in a series of moving engagements through the halls and corridors of the station, whilst orbital strikes demolished the landing zones across the planet's vast network of transport hubs.
It was however at a small excavation site over the northern pole of Mackan that Amon and a score of his brethren landed in order to investigate seismic activity detected by orbital augers in the hours leading up to the attacks, their arrival moments before the emergence of the Alpha Legions from tunnels below ground. Leading this force was a tall figure in gilded panoply with twin-ended spear in one fist and a small Black Cube in the other. It suddenly became clear that the attacks had been a mask for this much greater threat.
The forces charged each other and it was with this figure that Amon engaged. In the first moments of battle it became clear to Amon that he was woefully outmatched such were the flurry of blows against his guardian spear, and mere seconds later much of the armour of his torso and one of his shoulders was shredded in a glancing blow by the mighty foe. Having recognized the world-ending threat of the Black Cube now lashed to the belt of this "Alpharius", Amon stepped close into the next thrusting blow aimed at his chest, and dropping his guard rushed forward, lashing out at the Cube's tetherings as he did so. The blow struck true, impaling Amon through and through, but as he fell onto the thrust, Amon grabbed the Cube and activated his advanced personal teleportation device. His broken frame teleported onto an Imperial ship in orbit, fist still clutching the Cube, Amon ordered a retreat.
His body mutilated and supported by a dozen servitor controlled life-support systems, he was returned to the Tower of Hegemon upon Terra for interment within a great Dreadnought sarcophagus; the Black Cube sequestered away in the Black Cells far below Terra under the watch of the Shadowkeepers.
Now, many thousands of years later Amon still fights in the name of the Emperor when awoken from his slumber, still ready to defend the Throneworld or provide wisdom to the Custodes of the 41st Millennium.
Update #2 (short update)
Exterminatus is a weapon of last resort, utilized only rarely and in the direst of circumstances. Where this might normally be carried out by the massed fleets of the Imperial Navy or Adeptus Mechanicus, there exist still a few rare devices in the possession of the Custodes that can wipe a planet clean of all life in a single moment. Their access to these horror-weapons of Old Night ensures the destruction is a deterrent for any who might consider throwing off their oaths of loyalty to the Emperor.
One such weapon is the Archaus Nova-Destabiliser a primus-grade Exterminatus device that sets up a destructive reaction on the surface of a planet strikingly similar to the inside of a supernova.
Still, it is with only with intense sorrow that the Custodes employ these catastrophic weapons, as the destruction of worlds brought to Compliance during the glorious days of the Emperor’s vision is a reminder of how much has been lost of His vision for mankind.
// in game I am going to use this as one of my Objective Markers //
Europa Wall Contingent
These members of “The Vigilant” Shield Company stereotype those members from the Terran contingent of Custodes, clad in golden armour and wielding a classic arrangement of weaponry, each Custodian represents a bastion of unmovable Auramite.
Malachi, Saturnalia, and Jahdon were previously deployed to the Europa Wall section to the southwest of the Sanctum Imperialis. The relative tranquillity of this region of the Palace in recent decades meant that this section was an ideal location to withdrawal Custodians from for the Last Light Crusade, and whilst reluctant to relinquish their watch to the lesser expertise of Imperial Fist rearguard units and Astra Militarum regiments, this trio were eager to pursue a more aggressive form of protection of the Master of Mankind.
// My first troops choice of the army, next one will be posted up soon //
Edited by AfroCampbell, 20 December 2019 - 03:31 AM.